France was ready to strike Syria, Obama decided to go to Congress instead
France was all ready to strike Syria. The strike had even been scheduled for August 31. But then, President Hussein Obama decided to go to Congress
France was ready for a strike on chemical weapons facilities in Syria
on the day US President Barack Obama decided to seek approval from
Congress for the strike, French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur reported on Sunday.
Rafale fighter jets, armed with Scalp cruise missiles with a range of
250 km, were ready to fire at targets in western Syria, including
Damascus, the paper reported. The jets were to attack while flying over
international waters in the Mediterranean, avoiding Turkish airspace to
prevent Syrian retaliation against its neighbor.
strike was due to start at 3 a.m. on September 1, while everyone are
asleep, to minimize civilian casualties, a government official told the
After receiving indications from the Americans that the
strike was imminent in the days leading up to the US president's
announcement, Obama called Hollande on Saturday August 31 at 6:15 p.m.,
telling him he had decided to ask for Congress's approval before going
ahead with the strike.
Hollande was stunned, the paper reported, and tried to convince Obama to reconsider, but was unsuccessful.
And you can bet that the next time that the US wants to enlist France in military action, the French will just be rarin' to go....
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